Kenneth H. Young comments on the anti-democratic practices we’re seeing in this election campaign, and now young people get no respect. What is happening to this country? Wake up, Canada. This is you we’re talking about. BONNIE
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For years all we’ve heard coming out of Ottawa from all political parties has been that they are worried about the apathy of Canadian Voters and the seemingly ever continuing and decreasing turnout of voters for Federal elections, here in Canada. Most notably of the absent or reluctant voters are Canada’s youth, who only had 37% show up and vote at the last Federal election. But, are our political parties really worried?
Yesterday, at Guelph University, students tried to vote. A Conservative staffer actively tried to prevent people from voting, tried to confiscate the ballot boxes and was seen recording students who were trying to vote. All highly illegal activities and something all Canadians should not tolerate. Conservative officials then tried to have the votes already cast, nullified. The angry, overly aggressive Conservative official–who shouted, illegally filmed many of the voters and grabbed election boxes–succeeded in getting Elections Canada to ban student voting at all colleges and universities.
I repeat–ban student voting at all colleges and universities.FOR CLARIFICATION:
“While the initiative at the University of Guelph was not pre-authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer, the Canada Elections Act provides that electors may apply for and vote by special ballot. A special ballot coordinator, appointed by the local returning officer, oversaw the activities at the University of Guelph. All information at our disposal indicates that the votes were cast in a manner that respects the Canada Elections Act and are valid.” I must remind everyone that this was more successfully done in a past election by the Liberal party of Canada, and so it is not the isolated incident claimed. Only the NDP have called for an inquiry or investigation into the matter. This leaves me wondering if students aren’t absolutely correct when they say they do not believe their votes count for anything, that they don’t make any difference.